Wednesday, 21 August 2013

28mm Flashman & his Lady



It will come as no surprise to regular readers of this humble weblog that on completion of the final chapter of the current reading material,  a spate of frenzied activity is often to be witnessed here at 'Awdry Towers' as I scour the lead pile for something suitable to represent recently shelved story.



If the truth be told this example had already been spied at 'Salute 2013' in readiness for just such a moment, but sadly I had left it too late in the day to purchase him and the vendor, 'SHQ Miniatures' had sold out.  Unperturbed at retuning home empty handed, (if only that were true!) I duly ordered the elusive miniatures from the company's website and before long Flashman himself dropped onto the doormat.


These are great fun, characterful sculpts perhaps even bordering on the comic, befitting of the characters from the story.  Flashman resplendent in his cricket whites, sabre slung over his shoulder looks every bit the gentlemen, but Elspeth, his lovely wife has an expression that suggests that she is less than impressed with our cowardly antihero.  


The miniatures are reassuringly 'chunky' and although perhaps devoid of the extensive detail that we have come to expect from current sculptors were still hugely enjoyable to paint up.  They are, however, a little on the tall side!  Listed as 25mm, they dwarf a Perry American Civil War rioter positioned next to the happy couple for the purposes of scale.  Still a fun addition to the diverse and ever growing collection and good to see a little Victorian frippery once again gracing the pages of '28mm Victorian Warfare'





69 comments:

  1. I say! The bounder and his lady wife have come up deuced well under your brushes, Awdry old chap, eh what?

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    1. Thank you kind Sir, dashed kind of you to say so.

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  2. Very fun! Well,larger than life characters would be larger ;)

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    1. What a superb outlook on life you have Sir.

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  3. Ahhh, Fwashman!! Nicely done.

    Frank
    http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com.au/

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  4. Greate painting !!!

    Best regards Michael

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  5. A delightful duo, though I must say, dear Elspeth, far from looking a damsel in distress, seems more likely to cause a fair bit of distress herself! I wouldnt like to meet her in a alley on a dark night put it that way. Solid is not the word! ;-)

    BTW, if you ever come across someone doing the figures from the novel The Pyrates, by the same author, I'd be interested in a set...

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    1. Thank you Scott and you're not wrong about Mrs. Flashman, a formidable looking lady. As for the Pyrates, I shall certainly looking into this, sounds amazing.

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  6. "More balls please Umpire!"

    "Mi'lady, only one ball is used for playing cricket"

    "I meant for him!"

    Lovely work Michael.

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  7. Hola
    Buenas minis,darán un buen juego
    un saludo

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  8. Nice grouping Sir Michael! White is difficult to work with, but you managed it very well!

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    1. Thank you Anne, I actually used a couple of different recipes for the white to give him a bit of variety.

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  9. Splendid! If only I had a use for such figure. I am now racking my brain to search for a use.

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    1. Thank you, They do a nice African hunter Flashman and Zulu Princess!

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  10. So lovely! Very nice work with these minis!

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    1. Thank you Phil, that is very kind of you.

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  11. Love this pair and I second Anne. White is a bear but you've nailed it here!

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    1. Thank you, white is certainly a pig to paint, I am always surprised at how many layers it requires.

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  12. Chunky but very nice indeed none the less. I often find the bigger figures are easier to paint than the smaller ones.\

    As already said the white is excellent and they are both a cracking pair of characters.

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    1. Thank you Simon and I could agree more, the lack of detail really was rather liberating.

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  13. Excellent pair Michael and great colour work especially the white work!

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    1. Thank you my good man, I was pleased with how the pair turned out.

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    1. Thank you Luca, that is very kind of you.

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  15. great looking pair although I would not like to meet her in a dark alley
    Peace James

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    1. She is a tough looking old bird, but thank you nonetheless James.

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  16. Although the lady looks rather glum, I was quite taken back by the couple’s appearance. Nice adaptation.

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    1. Thank you Jan, she is a bit of a disappointment, but that may be down to me more than the sculpt.

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  17. The white top hat is clearly a winner. Very nice work.

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    1. I second this comment!

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    2. Thank you both, it took an awful lot of layers.

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  18. Her facial expression is just superb! Reminds me of my wife when something I do doesn't go according to plan: "I've told ya from the beginning...!" and so far and so forth. :-)
    Great painting anyway!

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    1. Thank you so much, that made me chuckle; I think we have all done something at some time or another that has caused the displeasure of our better halves!

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  19. Very nice work Michael .
    Cheers

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  20. Nice colors - the clothing and flesh look great. The woman surely has a dour look. Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean, she certainly looks less than impressed with life.

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  21. Lovely painting although I think Elspeth would be punched by Austin Powers for "looking like a man, man!"

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    1. Thank you Sean, she looks a fearsome lady and no mistake.

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  22. Brilliant work - I love all things Flash!

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    1. Thank you Monty, I think I might be developing a similar addiction!

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  23. I had no idea these existed! Great job!

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    1. Thank you, they are hidden in their fantasy range.

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  24. Excellent work, though the wife looks to be munching a bag of spanners ;-)

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, she is certainly not to be trifled with!

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  25. Superb work Sir. One is simply bowled over by its resplendent nature and composition

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    1. You are dashed kind Sir, thank you.

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  26. Well done Michael. I have most of the Flashman books waiting to be read & he does make a fantastic character to use in Victorian Steampunk style games..thus thanks for the link on the company to purchase them from. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Terry, a steampunk Flashy, now there is an idea! The figures have an 'old school' charm to them, but I think you find it difficult to find similar sized miniatures to match. It might be fun converting some of the splendid Empire of the Dead range.

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    2. Not a bad idea indeed, I am still awaiting my EOTD kickstarter!

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  27. Two very wonderful figures, well painted and good composition on the basing.

    Might I make one little suggestion (and I feel bad about even mentioning it)?

    On the Elspeth figure I think the red-brown undercoat or shadow should be removed and use a more subtle transition from dark to light flesh in order to bring out the femininity of the figure. The same goes for the excessive eye shadow that she is wearing. Harry's flesh transitions look a little more natural to my eye.

    Oh dash it all! I really do not like to offer up any criticism on what is otherwise a fine looking figure. I hope no offense is taken.

    Fritz

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    1. Fritz, my good man, absolutely no offence taken let me assure you. I think you are absolutely right with regards to the undercoat on Elspeth. I've always struggled with female miniatures and the subtlety required to create the desired effect. I may have to revisit her at a later date though as an awful lot on the go at the moment.

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    2. I agree that women are hard to paint. For every one that I paint and like, there are probably 3 or 4 that I didn't paint very well.

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  28. Your work is always packed with character mate and these are no different. The white is really well done as has already been said numerous times before.

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    1. Thank you so much, it is always nice to receive feedback.

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  29. I don't know whether you've done _Flashman and the Mountain of Light_ yet. If you haven't, you might like to know that the Sikh Wars kickstarter has just announced that they're doing Flashman as a free giveaway...

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    1. Oh Edwin, I'm not sure that I needed to hear that! I've been trying to avoid this, but this might be a temptation too far.

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  30. Lovely, characterful work Michael - well done, my man!

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  31. Superb sculpts Michael, even though they are slightly on the large side. You have brought them to life with your wonderful painting and basing.
    Pat.

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  32. Utterly spiffing, old boy. Damn fine innings on the paint job. Pip, pip.

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